Arum: Pacquiao-Mosley unlikely after Mora draw

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 20 2010 03:15 PM | Updated as of Sep 20 2010 11:28 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The possibility of a showdown between “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao dimmed because according to the Filipino’s promoter, the American fighter is already past his prime.

Top Rank, Inc. CEO Bob Arum said this after Mosley and Sergio Mora’s fight on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) ended in a draw.

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Arum was not able to watch the bout but he kept himself updated on the Mosley-Mora clash.

“What I've read is not very supportive to make any Mosley-Pacquiao bout. Look, he’s going to be 40 and he’s in the lighter weights where speed is so important. He’s on a show with guys (example, 20-year-old Saul Canelo Alvarez) old enough to be his son,” Arum told Michael Marley of Examiner.com.

Arum noted that Pacquiao, 31, will most likely not fight an “aging” 39-year-old Mosley. Pacquiao has a record of 51-3-2 (with 38 knockouts) while Mosley has 46 wins, 6 losses and 1 draw (with 39 knockouts).

“I read them saying Mosley was huffing and puffing for air in the fourth or fifth round,” stated Arum. “To me, that is the real tipoff for an aging fighter. Even Big George Foreman did that in his 40s but he always had that big, big punch like in the (Michael) Moorer fight.”

The Top Rank head honcho even likened Mosley’s situation to that of 45-year-old Bernard Hopkins, who is set to face Jean Pascal in December.

“It’s like Hopkins, he still knows how to fight but who wants to pay to see him now? His fights are not very scintillating. What you see with Hopkins we’re beginning to see with Mosley.”

But Arum cleared that he has no bad blood with Mosley.

“I guess Shane needs the money due to his matrimonial situation (a divorce under harsh California community property rules)… I’ve always considered Shane to be a nice guy but this is what happens to fighters when they age,” he said.

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Mosley, for his part, thought that he won his bout held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

But the judges scored 115-113 for Mora, 116-112 for Mosley and 114-114.

“I fought my heart out. I get down on myself when I don’t get the knockout but I tried,” he said in a press conference as quoted by Felipe Leon of FightNews.com.

“I did what I do but I got the draw, what can you do? I thought I beat him by a couple of rounds,” he added.

Mosley also admitted that it was tough to catch up with Mora because he was a “very awkward fighter” who kept on moving.

Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar de la Hoya, the promoter of Mosley and Mora, insisted that Mosley still has it.

“Shane Mosley is still Shane Mosley,” he said. “You can’t look good against Mora, he is a game fighter. He is still the Mosley we are used to seeing.” – With reports from Examiner.com and FightNews.com